St Denys railway station

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St Denys National Rail
St Denys station platforms
Place St. Denys
Local authority City of Southampton
Coordinates 50°55′19″N 1°23′17″W / 50.9220°N 1.3880°W / 50.9220; -1.3880Coordinates: 50°55′19″N 1°23′17″W / 50.9220°N 1.3880°W / 50.9220; -1.3880
Grid reference SU431138
Station code SDN
Managed by South Western Railway
Number of platforms 4
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.247 million
2012/13 Increase 0.263 million
2013/14 Increase 0.289 million
2014/15 Increase 0.298 million
2015/16 Increase 0.318 million
Original company London and South Western Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
1 May 1861 First station opened as Portswood
5 March 1866 Station relocated
1 January 1876 Renamed St Denys
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at St Denys from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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St Denys railway station serves the St. Denys and Portswood suburbs of Southampton in Hampshire, England.

Built in 1865, the station is named after the surrounding area, which in turn is named after the Priory of St Denys, a major landmark in medieval Southampton.

Services run hourly to Portsmouth & Southsea and Southampton. These are operated by South Western Railway using Class 450s.[1] Also, there are hourly services between Salisbury and Romsey via Southampton & Eastleigh, using Class 158s.[2]

The station is at the site of the junction between the London to Weymouth mainline and the West Coastway Line running between Southampton and Portsmouth. It is currently served mainly by South Western Railway, with irregular services operated by Southern. There are four platforms; two on the main line and two on the branch line.


St Denys station building (now in private ownership)

The original station was opened by the London and South Western Railway on 1 May 1861 and named Portswood after the small village to the west of the main line. Shortly after, to accommodate the Portsmouth branch line, a new station building was built 0.25 miles (0.40 km) to the south; the relocated station was opened on 5 March 1866. However to avoid confusion with Portsmouth, the station was renamed to St Denys on 1 January 1876.[3]

The station buildings themselves are fine examples of Victorian architecture. The original station building on platform 1 is listed, although it is now privately owned. Platforms 2 and 3 house the waiting room and ticket window, whilst the old station buildings on platform 4 house The Solent Model Railway Group,[4] a local organisation.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • In August 1939, a train overran signals and was derailed by trap points. The accident caused a set of points to move, diverting an approaching boat train. This averted a more serious accident, as wreckage was foul of the route the boat train should have taken.[5]
  • On 14 August 1940, a passenger train hauled by Lord Nelson class locomotive 860 Lord Hawke was derailed due to enemy action. A bomb fell on the line ahead of the train, which was unable to stop in time.[5]
  • On 29 October 1959, a passenger train overran signals and was derailed by trap points.[5][6]
  • On 12 December 1960, a passenger train overran signals and was derailed. Two people were injured.[5]


  1. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 165 (Network Rail)
  2. ^ GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 158 (Network Rail)
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Sparkford, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 190, 203. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ Solent Model Railway Group Accessed 14 May 2007
  5. ^ a b c d Bishop, Bill (1984). Off the Rails. Southampton: Kingfisher. pp. 21, 53–55. ISBN 0 946184 06 2. 
  6. ^ Trevena, Arthur (1981). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 2. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 42. ISBN 0-906899 03 6. 

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